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Question Without Notice No. 1334 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 November 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 19 November 2019

WILD DOGS — CONTROL MEASURES

1334. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to the WA wild dog action plan research and development fund, which offered grants for research and development into the control of wild dog populations.

(1) How many funding applications did the minister approve earlier this year?

(2) How is the minister's department tracking the progress of the programs approved for the funding?

(3) Is the department taking any other action to reduce the number of wild dogs in regional WA; and, if not, why not?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. This question was not received in time, and I do not yet have a full answer. I can answer part (1), but I am not prepared to answer parts (2) and (3).

(1) We announced five successful research and development projects in June 2019. They were: identifying baits that were more attractive to wild dogs, and improving the baits, which was done by Murdoch University; identifying alternative storage methods for baits; improving animal welfare outcomes in wild dog management, which was done by the Goldfields–Nullarbor Regional Biosecurity Association; the tracking and location of wild dogs using a remote piloted aircraft, which was done through the Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association; and, finally, the visual and electronic deterrents for wild dogs, which was a Curtin University project.

I will provide the remainder of the information by tomorrow.